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Fox Chapel tennis' Shymansky makes quick impact

| Friday, April 8, 2016, 8:45 p.m.
Fox Chapel's Robert Shymansky
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Fox Chapel's Robert Shymansky

Robby Shymansky, a freshman at Fox Chapel, has wasted no time establishing himself as one of the top tennis players in the WPIAL.

Last week, he won the Section 2-AAA singles tournament with a three-set win over teammate Sidd Rajupet. He has been playing tennis since he was 5 years old. For his efforts, he is The Herald Spotlight Athlete.

Q: What do you wish you had more time to do?

A: Sleep.

Q: Who is your favorite Pittsburgh athlete?

A: Antonio Brown.

Q: Who would you like to see disappear from public view?

A: Duke basketball player Grayson Allen.

Q: Who is your favorite tennis player?

A: Rafael Nadal.

Q: Who wins in matches between you and your sister Laurel (a WPIAL and PIAA doubles champion)?

A: I do. I started winning when I was 11 or 12. It wouldn't be close.

Q: What's your favorite school lunch?

A: Pizza.

Q: What is the strongest part of your game?

A: My forehand.

Q: What is your favorite TV show?

A: “SportsCenter.”

Q: What TV show makes you want to turn off the TV?

A: “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

Q: How many days out of the year do you play tennis?

A: Probably 340.

Q: What's a typical breakfast for you?

A: Toast and chocolate milk.

Q: If you could go anywhere you've never been, where would you go?

A: Australia.

Q: What do you like on your pizza?

A: Pepperoni and bacon.

Q: What junk food do you have a weakness for?

A: Wendy's Frostys.

Q: Is there a food you refuse to eat?

A: Most vegetables.

Q: How late do you sleep on the weekends?

A: 9 a.m.

Q: What movie could you watch over and over again?

A: “Hoosiers.”

Q: Do you have any superstitions or rituals before a match?

A: None.

Q: What's your favorite vacation spot?

A: Florida.

Q: Who would be your dream date?

A: Alex Morgan.

Q: Do you think Roger Federer will win any more Grand Slam tournaments?

A: No. I think he's peaked.

Q: What is your favorite subject in school?

A: Math.

Q: What would make up your favorite all-time meal?

A: Lobster and scrambled eggs.

Q: People would be surprised to know that you ...

A: ... Speak French.

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